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A Bear for Punishment is a 1951 Looney Tunes short directed by Chuck Jones.


It's Father's Day, and Junyer and Ma have a bunch of big surprises in store for good ol' Pa, including a pipe filled with gunpowder. There's also a gala Father's Day pageant, and Pa sits cringing through Junyer's recitation and aghast at Ma's tap-dancing rendition of "I'm Just Wild About Father".





  • The ABC version of this short edits the "Let's Give a Cheer for Father" song to remove the two times Ma and Junyer Bear fire shotguns.[2]
  • Nickelodeon left in the gunfire in the "Let's Give a Cheer for Father" song, but edited two scenes:[2]
    • Early in the short, when Pa is trying to shut off Junyer Bear's alarm clocks, he yells, "How do you turn these blasted things off?!" Junyer shushes the clocks and they all stop. Rather than congratulate his son, Pa slams a clock in Junyer's face and Junyer is shown with a broken alarm clock for a face before it cuts to Ma saying, "But Henry..."
    • The scene where Junyer mistakes gunpowder for pipe tobacco by misspelling it ("'G-U-N-P-O-W-D-E-R'. Duh, 'tobacco'") and congratulating himself on being a good speller ("I am a good speller, I am. C-A-T, dog. B-A-T, Rhode Island.")


  • This was the last The Three Bears cartoon.
  • One of Junyer's comic books is Looney Tunes with Bugs Bunny on the cover; another is Porky Pig, but with no picture on it.
  • The DVD extras for this short include Stan Freberg reminiscing about the short and reciting part of Junyer Bear's poem, "My Pa", in the bear's voice; and a clip of Chuck Jones stating that Papa Bear's growling, "I HATE breakfast in bed!" was taken from his own experience as a father when his children would try to serve him on Father's Day.
  • The march, "Father", performed by Junyer and Ma, is a special vocal written to the tune of "Frat", a long-standing Warner cartoon staple.
  • When this short was released as a Blue Ribbon Merrie Melodie, the Looney Tunes opening music theme from 1955-1964 arranged by Milt Franklyn was incorrectly edited over the original 1946-1955 opening music. Not only was the opening music incorrect, but the closing was also incorrect, using the 1959-1964 Looney Tunes red Color Rings and blue background and Carl Stalling's 1941-1955 Merrie Melodies closing theme music rendition playing over the end title. The original 1946-1955 opening Looney Tunes title music remains intact as part of a Music and Effects audio track bonus feature on the 2004 Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 2 DVD boxset. It's possible the 1959-1964 Looney Tunes closing rings were used because the original release did end with "Merrily We Roll Along".
  • The cartoon was reissued in the 1959-1964 season, which removed both the original opening and ending titles with the red opening and ending titles. It, along with "Ballot Box Bunny", had the orange opening and ending titles with black backgrounds before they were reissued.[citation needed] (November 2020)